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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Oct. 26, 2012

Oct. 25, 2012 – ICE returns stolen and looted archeological art and antiquities to Mexico

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned more than 4,000 pieces of cultural artifacts to the government of Mexico. The items were recovered during 11 separate investigations by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents. Full Story

Oct. 25, 2012 – ICE deports Mexican murder suspect living in Seattle area

On Wednesday, ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) removed a Mexican national who was wanted in his native country for murder. Full Story

Oct. 25, 2012 – 3 HSI Intelligence employees honored with leadership award

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security honored three ICE HSI Intelligence Office employees. Two employees received the award for their work on Project Global Shield, and the third was honored for his work as an intelligence research specialist at the National Bulk Cash Smuggling Center. Full Story

Oct. 24, 2012 – HSI seized nearly 800 counterfeit sports team hats, jerseys

In New Orleans, HSI special agents seized 795 counterfeit items with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of nearly $30,000. Full Story

Oct. 22, 2012 – HSI dismantles multi-state drug, money laundering operation

Earlier this week, seven individuals were sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a drug trafficking and money laundering scheme that funneled $315,000 in illegal proceeds from a California-based drug ring through two Arkansas-based businesses. The charges stem from a joint investigation with HSI and local Arkansas law enforcement authorities. Full Story